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J Ovarian Res. 2013 Jul 4;6(1):46. doi: 10.1186/1757-2215-6-46.

An atypical presentation of sporadic ovarian Burkitt's lymphoma: case report and review of the literature.

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Department of Gynecology-Obstetrics and Urological Sciences, "Sapienza" University of Rome, S, Andrea Hospital, Rome, Italy. valentinagiovanale@libero.it.

Abstract

Primary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the ovary is a rare occurrence. An ovarian involvement by non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) may include one of the four subtypes of lymphoma: diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, Burkitt's lymphoma (BL), lymphoblastic lymphoma or anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Burkitt's lymphoma is a rare entity with a specific poorly differentiated pattern.Most women experience an ovarian BL with abdominal pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, bowel obstruction, urinary frequency, incontinence and abdominal mass. Sometimes these warning signs may be absent, causing a late and more difficult diagnosis.Here we report a case of a primary ovarian Burkitt's lymphoma with bilateral involvement in a 57 year old patient. She firstly presented neurological symptoms in the upper limbs and she was treated with surgery and combined chemotherapy. The diagnosis of malignant lymphoma was established after bilateral adnexectomy and histological study of the excised tissue.

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